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Carmel chapel
Grid reference: SO1574912240
Location: 51°48’7"N, 3°13’19"W
Population: 3,234  (2011)
Post town: Ebbw Vale
Postcode: NP23
Dialling code: 01495
Local Government
Council: Blaenau Gwent
Blaenau Gwent

Rassau, sometimes The Rassau is a village located in southern Brecknockshire that forms part of the "Heads of the Valleys" conurbation around Ebbw Vale, Monmouthshire. According to the 2011 census, the population of Rassau is 3,234.[1] Residents often refer to either Old Rassau and New Rassau or Bottom Rassau and Top Rassau to distinguish the different parts of the village.

Circuit of Wales

An 830-acre site northwest of the village and beyond Rassau Industrial Estate is the proposed site of the Circuit of Wales, a 3½-mile motor racing circuit which is currently subject to planning permission. The proposed £250m development is claimed by backers to represent the most significant capital investment programme in automotive and motor sports infrastructure in the UK in 50 years.[2] The development would also include: a karting track; a 4x4 circuit; a Motocross track; a racing academy including driver education; a low carbon technology park; an extension to the existing industrial estate; a retail park; a hotel and leisure facilities.[3] The backers have proposed in their plans that up to 12,000 jobs could be created across the development, in an area which currently has one of the UK's highest unemployment rates.[4] Located directly adjacent to the border of Brecon Beacons National Park, the development is opposed by organisations including the Gwent Wildlife Trust[5] and the Open Spaces Society.[6] If given planning permission, construction would be undertaken by FCC Construcción of Spain, and be built to Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile and Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme.[7]